Quincy the chameleon just can't seem to blend in. Will he ever find a way to embrace his uniqueness?
Quincy wants to love chameleon school, but he’s not very good at blending in. No matter how hard he tries to stop it from happening, all of his thoughts keep popping up on his skin! In camouflage class, the leaves he’s supposed to blend in with remind him of rocket ships, so his skin changes to look like outer space. And when it’s Quincy’s turn to read his poem out loud, he realizes he has to pee—which the whole class realizes, too, when rolls of toilet paper appear on his skin!
The only thing Quincy loves about school is painting during art class with his favorite teacher, Mrs. Lin. But can painting help him find a way to blend in?
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Quincy, a chameleon, has an artist's soul and his changing colors reflect his thoughts, not his surroundings. This makes camouflage impossible. After many mistakes and embarrassments, Quincy is so disheartened that his skin blends right in with the stormy sky. His art teacher recognizes his uniqueness for the gift that it is and gives him the opportunity to celebrate his talent and finally see himself in a positive light. The watercolor wash illustrations are the book's highlight. When Quincy thinks of rainbows and mountains, he becomes a full-spread chameleon landscape. After being inspired in art class, he becomes his own canvas. Quincy never does learn to blend in. An author's note explains that chameleons don't really change their color to match their surroundings, so Quincy's quirk is unlikely to have any serious repercussions. This is a bit confusing, since the misconception about chameleons and color-changing likely comes from the fact that some species of chameleons can change their color variations to reflect their mood, just not their surroundings. VERDICT A beautiful story about being true to yourself, suitable for storytime or one-on-one sharing.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA